FREE | Ka Tipu te Whaihanga [Kaupae 4] | NZ Certificate in Ngā Toi [Level 4]

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1 year


Level 4

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Toihoukura! Toihouora e! - Toihoukura - Enriching lives!

If you want to grow your art knowledge, and artistic ability while gaining these skills in a creative environment, this is for you! You will be taught by some of the Māori art world’s most respected tutors across a range of art disciplines.

Successfully completing this one year, full-time programme will give you the option to pursue Te Toi o Ngā Rangi | Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts.


Toihoukura! Toihouora e! – Toihoukura – Enriching lives!

This programme gives you the opportunity to work with a wide range of art mediums. The course delivery will appeal to anyone who wants to focus primarily on making art.

Upon graduating you will have the skills and knowledge to be able to:

  • Produce Māori art works informed by an understanding of design and concepts informed by traditional narratives (mōteatea, waiata and kapahaka) and te reo Māori me ona tikanga.
  • Create Māori artworks using safe and effective processes.
  • Have a sound academic base to enable them to proceed to degree level study.



Entry Criteria

All applicants must attend an interview with the Principal Tutor(s). A basic art portfolio with drawings or samples is essential.

Academic Criteria

Applicants will require a minimum of 10 credits NCEA Level 1 from any Literacy sub field or domain. These skills can be assessed in English and Te Reo Māori. For applicants without these NCEA credits or equivalent a pass in NCEA Level 1 English and/or Te Reo Māori meets the academic entry requirements, as do NQF qualifications of an equivalent or higher level which demonstrate achievement in these discipline areas.

Applicants over 20 are classified as mature students. Mature students with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet the stated entry requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

Māori/English Language Entry Requirements

Applicants will need to demonstrate fluency, at a level sufficient to academically succeed in the course, in either Te Reo Māori or English.

Applicants who have the language fluency to support it may complete their assessments in Te Reo Māori.

Applicants from countries in which English is not a primary spoken language, who propose to complete their assessments in English, must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. This may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction, completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English language (Level 4 Academic), approved scores on IELTS tests (6.0 Academic with no band score lower than 5.5), or completion of either an EIT assessment or accepted international equivalents.

Standard discretionary entrance guidelines will apply.

Study Pathways

Successful completion of the Ka Tipu te Whaihanga [Kaupae 4] | NZ Certificate in Ngā Toi [Level 4] gives you the ability to enter the first year of the degree programme, Te Toi o Ngā Rangi | Bachelor of Māori Visual Arts.


There is one entry date per year:

  • February

Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.